Student Achievements - August 2018

Student Achievements - August 2018


Elijah Thomas 5C and Leo Fatialofa 5G represented New Zealand at the World Junior Squash Championships in India, as the top 2 seeded players of the Premier Squash team.


Chemistry Olympiad: Callan Loomes and Steven Ma, both of 7A, were named as two students of a four-student team to represent New Zealand at the International Chemistry Olympiad in the Czech Republic in July.

Following a series of training workshops during Term 2, the team had two days to acclimatise, then attended a series of lectures and practical tutorials in the lead-up to sitting the five-hour practical examination, followed by a five-hour theory examination. Both Callan and Steven achieved bronze medals for their performance in the examinations.

Commerce: Form 7 students Callan Adams, Michael Derevianko, Luke Han, Lintao Wang and David Zhu, all of 7A, were members of the team to win the 2018 Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Challenge (MPC).

With 35 teams competing from around New Zealand, the MPC expands secondary school economics students' understanding of monetary policy. All teams presented their Official Cash Rate decisions via video, with the top six teams selected to present in person at the national finals in Wellington.

The team won $2,500 in prize money for the School, as well as a $500 individual cash prize for each student to go towards their tertiary studies.


Cycling: The North Island Secondary School Cycling Championships event took place over Term 2 holidays at Lake Karapiro. 42 Grammar riders participated in a highly competitive and closely fought contest between the top cycling schools in the North Island.

In the Team Time Trials, the Junior A team were winners of their category. There were also some promising performances in the individual events:

  • In the Under 17 Road Race, Oliver Simcock Smith 5H was second
  • In the Under 20 Criterium, Christophe Kerby 6E was fourth
  • In the Under 20 Road Race, Barnaby Clegg-Shaw 6G was fifth

A number of riders remained also competed in the North Island Track Cycling Championships. Individually, in the Under 16 category Form 5 student Jacob Rackham 5A was fourth in the 3km Scratch Race and the 4km Points Race, placing him fifth overall.

Football: The 1st XI football played Macleans College on Monday 30 July for a place in the semi-final of the Auckland Knockout Cup. With the score at 2-2 at the end of normal play, the fixture was forced into extra-time where the 1st XI scored in the second half of extra time to secure the win 3-2, and a place in the semi-final.

Squash:On Wednesday 25 July, the Premier 1 Squash team played Westlake in the final of the Auckland Secondary School Premier Boys' squash competition. Both teams have very skillful squash players but Westlake's top players were absent, competing at the World Junior Squash Championship in India.

As befitting a final, the matches were of a high standard; none more so than that of stand-in Captain Joshua Hawkesby-Lyne 6C1, who won a superb match 3-0. In addition, Apa Fatialofa 3K and Ben Tomlinson 5F recorded comprehensive victories 3-0.

The overall result was a satisfying win 10-3 and continued a rich vein of form for the Premier Team. The team has performed well at nationals in recent years and have now won consecutive Auckland titles in both 2017 and 2018.


2018 Fulbright Awards: Old Boy Cam Birchall '07 was one of 10 recipients of the 2018 Fulbright Award. Cam received his award from acting Prime Minister Winston Peters at a ceremony at Parliament.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014, and completed his Master of Science from KU Leuven University in Belgium in 2016. As part of his award, Cam will study at the University of California, Davis towards his PhD from KU and will research New Zealand's markets for natural resource quotas.